Our pick of the best events for professionals supporting learners with vision impairment

Post date: 
Monday, 20 November 2017
Professionals in training

Check out our list of best conferences, courses and exhibitions to help you further support children and young people with vision impairment.

 

Annual National Conference of Parent Carer Forums

When: Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 November
Where: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
More details: The three-year implementation phase following the introduction of the Children and Families Act will end in March 2018, and though a great deal has been achieved, there is a still a lot to do to create cultural change across education, health and social care.The objectives of the conference are: 

  • to give Forums a high-profile national platform for their voices to be heard.
  • to champion and role mode co-production in action.
  • to leave plenty of time for networking and learning.
  • to respect your investment in attending – to ensure that doing so means your time and money are well spent.

Further information is available on the conference programme.

 

The Communication Trust: Manchester workshops

When: Thursday 30 November
Where: To be confirmed
More details: This is a workshop for senior leaders in education to transform their approach to children’s communication. The Communication Trust have a prestigious line up for the afternoon, including highly experienced speech and language therapists and influential practicing teachers who will be sharing their experiences of applying and engaging with evidence in practice.

For more information and to book, please visit The Communication Trust website.
 

SEND - Law training for parent and carers

When: Friday 8 December, 9.30am-2.30pm
Where: Ashursts Solicitors, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2HA
More details: This training will provide parents, carers and family members of children and young people with all types of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) with an introduction to the law relating to the education and training of children and young people with SEND.

The cost of the day is £65. For more information and to book, please visit the IPSEA website.

 

Online training: Effective teaching of literacy through braille

When: January 2018
Where: Online over six months
More details: This course has been designed to provide specialist training to all teachers of children with vision impairment, including those in training for the Mandatory Qualification (MQ) or waiting to start the MQ course. It has been written by nationally recognised practitioners in braille and created as an online course by an experienced instructional designer.

The cost of the course is £700 (£600 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.

 

Statutory SRE 2018: Getting it right for disabled children and those with SEN

When: Tuesday 16 January 2018
Where: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
More details: This conference will include input from senior policy makers, professionals, parents, and children and young people themselves. It will mix debate about the future direction of policy with practical advice on how to implement high quality sex and relationships education in your setting or area.

You can find further information and book a place on the Eventbrite website.
 

RNIB London: Update on access arrangements for public tests and exams

When: Tuesday 16 January 2018
Where: RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE
More details: This day will help you to update your knowledge and understanding of access arrangements for National Curriculum tests, GCSE and A-level exams, and to understand the implications for the children and young people with vision impairment with whom you work. The day will be led by staff from the Standards and Testing Agency and AQA Exam Board.

The cost of this event is £40, including refreshments and a sandwich lunch (£30 for VIEW members).

If you would like to attend, please download the booking form and return to michelle.broadhurst@rnib.org.uk. You can also view the programme for the day below:


Online training: Partners in Learning

When: February 2018
Where: Online
More details: Get the necessary knowledge and skills to provide a high level of education for the learners with whom you work. The course, which is accredited as a BTEC advanced certificate at level 3, is the only UK-wide accredited training designed for education support staff working with blind and partially sighted learners. In recognition of its excellence, several local authorities have made Partners in Learning a mandatory qualification for teaching assistants employed in their visual impairment support services. A blended learning approach of online study and discussion activities is used.

The cost of the course is £850 (£750 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.
 

RNIB Leeds: Update on access arrangements for public tests and exams

When: Thursday 1 February 2018
Where: RNIB, Fairfax House, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JU
More details: This day will help you to update your knowledge and understanding of access arrangements for National Curriculum tests, GCSE and A-level exams, and to understand the implications for the children and young people with vision impairment with whom you work. The day will be led by staff from the Standards and Testing Agency and AQA Exam Board.

The cost of this event is £40, including refreshments and a sandwich lunch (£30 for VIEW members).

If you would like to attend, please download the booking form and return to michelle.broadhurst@rnib.org.uk. You can also view the programme for the day below:

 

VIEW Conference 2018

When: Thursday 15 March to Friday 16 March 
Where: Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, 225 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RY
More details: This is the biggest get-together of the vision impairment workforce with a chance for you to listen to inspiring speakers who are in the know, attend workshops to develop your skills and interest in particular areas of support, and to network with colleagues from across the sector.

For further information and to book, please visit the VIEW website.
 

Unified English Braille training delivered at your establishment

When: At a time that suits you
Where: RNIB continues to offer the services of an experienced braille trainer who can visit your school or college to deliver a day of training in Unified English Braille (UEB). 
More details: If you're already familiar with Standard English Braille, but want to up your skills to UEB, this bespoke one-day course could be for you. You'll need to be proficient in SEB before enrolling and the course will include a practical element.

For further details visit our one-day literary braille course page.
 

VITAL network (Visual Impairment Touches All Learning)

When: To be confirmed
More details: Do you work with children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment? Would you like to get together with others in the same field? Facilitated by RNIB, VITAL brings together teaching and associated professionals working with children and young people with complex needs and vision impairment. Our members work in schools, services, early years and health settings. Join us, and we’ll be in touch about networking, professional development and training opportunities - email vital@rnib.org.uk

Further information about VITAL:

Online training: Understanding visual impairment in children and young people

When: You can begin anytime. There is no fixed start or finish date.
Where: Online
More details: The course is designed to support the training needs of professionals and parents in order to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with visual impairment. It is intended for people who wish to gain an overview of the issues involved in supporting the education of children with vision impairment, without studying in the depth required by Partners in Learning. The content is drawn mainly from existing material used in RNIB’s accredited level 3 BTEC "Partners in Learning" course. You don’t need to have access to a child with vision impairment to complete the course – we can supply you with relevant video materials to support you.

The cost of the course is £200 (£140 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.


 

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RNIB: Update on access arrangements for public tests and exams

When: Tuesday 16 January 2018
Where: RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE
More details: This day will help you to update your knowledge and understanding of access arrangements for National Curriculum tests, GCSE and A-level exams, and to understand the implications for the children and young people with vision impairment with whom you work. The day will be led by staff from the Standards and Testing Agency and AQA Exam Board.

The cost of this event is £40, including refreshments and a sandwich lunch (£30 for VIEW members).

If you would like to attend, please download the booking form and return to michelle.broadhurst@rnib.org.uk. You can also view the programme for the day below:

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